Myriam has over 12 years’ experience in employment, health and safety, insurance law and dispute resolution. Myriam is passionate about getting straight to the heart of an issue, gaining an early understanding of the desired outcome, and strategizing to achieve the best results possible. She graduated with honours from the University of Auckland, and in addition to her law degree holds a commerce degree (majoring in management and employment relations).
Myriam advises on all aspects of employment law including employment agreements, restructuring procedures, disciplinary and performance issues, personal grievances, restraints of trade, human rights and privacy issues and protection of confidential information.
Myriam also regularly provides strategic legal advice on health and safety issues, acts for employers throughout WorkSafe’s investigation process, and provides representations in prosecutions through to sentencing.
Her significant litigation experience means she has strong advocacy and negotiation skills and has guided many clients to a negotiated settlement where avoiding a hearing is in their best interests. Myriam has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, District and High Courts.
Myriam has been appointed to the newly formed Auckland District Law Society Health and Safety Law Committee, and also regularly delivers training and seminars on topical employment and health and safety issues. She was also the inaugural president of Young Insurance Professionals Inc (2014 to 2017), a successful networking group that grew from 3 to 1300 members under her guidance.
Recent work includes:
- Acting for numerous employers under investigation by WorkSafe including to avoid prosecution.
- Defending an insured employer in a personal grievance that progressed through mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.
- Advising employers on complex restructures.
- Successfully defending an employer in an alleged dismissal case.
- Acting for a forestry worker in a private prosecution arising from a serious harm injury through to securing payment for him in respect of the same
Myriam is a trustee of Te Kopere childcare.
Myriam is Hawkes Bay based, regularly works in Wellington and travels throughout New Zealand.
Gina grew up in Hawkes Bay and is delighted to have returned to join Copeland Ashcroft. Most recently she worked in London providing support in dispute resolution matters.
Gina graduated in Law from Victoria University in 2018, while volunteering with Community Law. Prior to this she completed an arts degree in International Relations, Philosophy, Politics.
Returning to Hawkes Bay allows Gina to spend her free time in the beautiful outdoors with friends and family, and ample opportunity to enjoy our great food and wine.